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  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

  • Dedication of new Kotel site may happen within one month

    April 11, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Natan Sharansky's plan to expand the non-Orthodox prayer site at the Western Wall could be set in motion in as little as one month, the Jewish Agency for Israel chairman said in an interview Thursday in his Jerusalem office.

    Sharansky, who was charged last year with finding a...

  • Knesset members join Women of the Wall at rosh chodesh services

    March 12, 2013 | 7:54 am

    Three female members of Knesset joined the Women of the Wall for their monthly prayer service at the Western Wall.

    No arrests were made during the prayer service Tuesday morning marking the new Jewish month of Nissan, the first time in at least a year that no arrests were made...

  • Checks worth half a billion dollars found at Western Wall

    December 20, 2012 | 9:57 am

    A worshipper at the Western Wall found an envelope with 507 open checks worth about half a billion dollars.

    The checks, most worth $1 million and originating from countries around the world, were signed but not made out to anybody. The majority of the checks came from Nigeria,...

  • Despite mounting criticism, Western Wall remains in haredi Orthodox hands

    November 28, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Sitting in his office 20 feet above the Western Wall Plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is unperturbed by the simmering tensions below.

    For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Wall, which currently allows for only Orthodox...

  • Western Wall not Orthodox or Reform, rabbi says

    November 1, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    The Western Wall is not Orthodox just as it is not Reform, the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, said.

    "The Western Wall is the place of prayer for every individual in the nation, and as such, it must carefully safeguard the individual's right to privacy and respect...